Preparation for war between Fabletown and the Empire begins! The Adversary calls a conference of the Imperial elite to decide what to do about Fabletown and Pinocchio has to face up to his divided loyalties between his friends and his family. Meanwhile, Bigby decides the time has come to confront his father, the North Wind, while the cubs learn more of their family and celebrate their birthday! Plus, Burning Questions by the fans answered!
The diverse mythology of angels is explored in this lushly painted graphic novel from high-profile fantasy authors including Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and Bill Willingham (FABLES).Deep in the woods outside of a magical kingdom, a strange group of faeries and forest creatures discover a nearly dead angel, bleeding and unconscious with a sword by his side. They call a tribunal to decide his fate, each telling stories that delve into different interpretations of these winged, celestial beings: tales of dangerous angels, all-powerful angels, guardian angels and death angels, that range from the mystical to the mysterious to the macabre.
“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”
“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”
Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.
There is something about this books that really sucks you in. I love the story of Elisa the reluctant princess with the godstone in her belly who becomes the symbol of a revolution and its leader. This is a coming of age story; a story about a girl who becomes the woman she was meant to be. It is not an easy journey for Elisa, but she endures, she perseveres and she triumphs.
I love the fact that Elisa is not your typical heroine. For one thing she is fat. There is never a fat princess main character in teen books. She is fat and she really doesn’t care in this book. She likes food and she eats it. She isn’t really happy with her body but she doesn’t bemoan the fact that she is fat. She is who she is. Sure she eventually slims down, but that is because of the lifestyle she comes to lead. She is forced to become a different person than the pampered princess who she started out as. I think her journey is amazing. She grows so much in this book. You can see the changes in her and those around her as her circumstances change.
I like that Carson is also not afraid to make hard decisions in her writing. She kills main characters, she makes people have questionable motives, she makes us as readers ask questions, and she makes her central plot all about religion. This may turn some people off, but it is essential to the story. This is a book that revolves around a religion. Elisa is the bearer of the godstone which means she is connected to God. Even though the plot is religious it doesn’t get heavy handed or preachy. It is just part of the plot which I appreciate.
I also appreciate that even though this is part of a planned trilogy this book can stand on its own. It ends in a good place and really doesn’t need more books if you don’t want to read more about this world. However, the rest of the series is just as amazing and you won’t want to miss it. Rae Carson has created a world and a heroine you can truly root for. She is as badass as Katniss with just a little bit more emotional depth. She is proactive and smart and brave and you believe she can lead a rebellion or become a queen.
One hundred years ago, steamboats ruled the rivers. Captain Twain of the Steamship Lorelei is one of the best-known captains on the Hudson River. One day, he rescues a mermaid who has been injured by a harpoon. The captain hides her away in his quarters and tends to her wounds. As she recovers, the two begin get to know one another. Twain, who hopes to be a writer one day, also finds that his writing block has vanished. Meanwhile, the ship’s owner, the Frenchman Lafayette has been corresponding with a mysterious author about ways to rid oneself of a mermaid’s curse. The mysterious author prepares for a very public debut aboard the Steamship Lorelei. As the three characters’ lives converge, so too do elements of mythology and folklore, culminating in a series of events that none of the characters could have ever foreseen.
I went into this thinking that it had something to do with that other Twain of Midwestern fame, but such is not the case. The real Mark Twain is, however, referenced at least once by the characters themselves. Captain Twain is, in many ways, a parallel to the literary figure. I loved the artwork in this comic; it suited the story beautifully. It tends to have an almost-underwater/dreamlike quality to it. The story is rich and unexpected, with distinct magic-realism tendencies. In short, it’s pretty much everything I look for in a graphic novel.
A continuation of the title Touch of Power. Avry believed to be dead by everyone, sneaks into Estrid’s army and trains them in stealth moves. We also get Kerrick’s point of view (for better or for worse – I often suspect authors of padding their pages when they insert another POV). It was exciting, though I really wanted to follow only one storyline, and then come back to the other plotline. Another enjoyable read!
Another wonderful novella telling the backstory of Hector in the Fire and Thorns world. Hector is a page for King Alejandro and wants to be a Kings Guard. Alejandro pulls him out of the trials to undertake a mission for him. Hector and two others, Lucio and Fernando, must find the Queen’s cousin and bring her back. Of course things don’t go quite as planned, but it does highlight Hector’s leadership abilities even at the age of 15. It is great to learn more about this pivotal character in this fantastic world Rae Carson has created.
Wonderful novella from the Fire and Thorns world. The events in this book take place before The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Alodia and Elisa head to a wedding. Once there they come across the shadow cats. Seems these jaguars have been terrorizing the area. The people believe the upcoming wedding may be to blame for the shadow cats and the blight on the land. When a young girl goes missing Alodia takes off to find her. She discovers what’s really happening and takes care of it. All ends well. The main point of this book is to show that Elisa can take charge and is more than a useless bearer of the godstone.
This novella tells Mara’s backstory and how she joined the rebellion. When her village is attacked by Inviernos, Mara must escape and help any survivors she can. Turns out all the survivors are children and they must cross the Shattered Mountain to find the rebellion in the desert. It is a treacherous journey and the group has very little in the way of supplies. This story highlighted Mara’s strength and explained how she came to be the way she is in the Fire and Thorns series.
This is a lovely little love story in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone universe. Zuzanna and Mik are probably the best part of the second book in the series. This is the story of how they finally came together and it is a meeting they will tell their grandkids. I loved the scavenger hunt aspect and how they both loved each other from afar but were too afraid to do anything about it.
The White City, 1893: In turn-of-the-century Chicago, with the World’s Fair bringing bustle and excitement to her home city, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be reveling in her youthful beauty and the excitement around her. But her whole life changed when her mother died, leaving her to be the Lady of Wheiler House. At last, afraid for her life and with nowhere to turn, Emily is Marked by a vampyre and brought to the Chicago House of Night, where she begins a magickal new life that should allow the wounds from her past to heal. But as she gains strength, and a powerful new name, she carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most.
A great companion book to their House of Dark series. I thoroughly enjoy the backgrounds they create for the main characters in the books. If Neferet wasn’t such an evil character, I might feel sorry for her. This book make a great explanation for why she is the way she is.
The conclusion of the Maze Runner trilogy. Our hero Thomas does not trust anyone at Wicked even though now they say the time for lies has ended. Wicked claims that it is up to the Gladers to complete the final blueprint for the cure for the flare and that they need to have their memories restored to complete the process and agree to a final voluntary test. Thomas already remembers more than anyone at Wicked knows and he doesn’t trust that the memories that would be restored would be real. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas can imagine. Will he survive the cure?
The continuing adventures of Atticus and his new druid apprentice, Granuaile. Who is no a full-fledge druid after twelve years of training and binding ceremonies to bind her to the earth. Granuaile still has a lot to learn, but not much time to learn it. The Olympian gods have decided to seek revenge for the banishment of Bacchus. Now the Greek and Roman huntresses are on their trail through Europe and the dark elves and vampires are joining in the hunt.
In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has never spoken, and her silence as well as the magic she can’t quite control make her a mystery. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumours that swirl around her. After their wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving, but she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the rugged mountains that surround it, while slowly Cai himself begins to win her heart. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.
Maria Snyder crafts almost perfect fantasy novels featuring strong female protagonists.
Avry of Kazan is one of the last healers alive in the lands, she has been moving from town to town attempting to hide her gift because the healers have been blamed for spreading the devastating plague. Healers work by absorbing the injuries into their own bodies, but then healing 5 times more quickly.
Marauders and despots have followed in the wake of the devastation. Prince Ryne appears to be the only king capable of taking on the nefarious evil-doers. Unfortunately, he has contracted the plague, but is in frozen stasis, in case a healer can be found. Prince
Kerrick is searching for a healer to bring Ryne back to life.
A Tangle of Knots illustrates just how connected we are to the people around us. This book takes a seemingly unconnected set of people and shows just how much their lives are tied together. You have an old man looking for a suitcase he lost years ago. A woman who takes care of orphans and finds them homes. An older woman who has lost her voice and her words. A young girl looking for her talent. A boy who thinks he’s worthless and can’t seem to do anything to stop. A young adventurer who loves monsters and cake. A woman hanging onto her past glory. But most of all you have a young baker who wants to bake the perfect cake for everyone. These lives might not seem to be connected but they all end up living at the Lost Luggage Emporium and becoming a family.
The world of A Tangle of Knots is one in which everyone has a Talent. It might be a talent for baking or knitting or spitting or floating. You never know what you talent is and some of them are more useful than others. The Talents aren’t really explained very well they are just part of the world and the story. The other mystery in the book is the large man in the gray suit who appears to each of the characters throughout the book. He seems to show up just when things are happening and helps set the characters on their path. Who is he? What does he know? That isn’t really answered.
If you are looking for a fully developed world and a straight-forward story this book isn’t for you. If you enjoy just going along for the ride and enjoy a little magical mystery I think you will enjoy this tale.
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Laneis told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
Laura and her husband Dan’s attempts to conceive a child have taken a toll on their marriage. They move out to the countryside in Wales to remove some stress. Then Laura start interacting with characters from the past (some are ghosts invisible to others, while some are characters seem to be enacting past lives).
No – this book is Not as good as other Paula Brackston books I’ve read. It was difficult to identify with the main character Laura, and the parallel story was Not upbeat at all.
The Baldwin sisters are in trouble. Ellie has turned three birds into humans and now they can’t find them. They enlist the help of Fortuna Dalliance, a young neighbor, to help them. Fortuna sets off on an adventure with Martin, the boy who was once a bird, to find his brother. She comes to really like Martin and doesn’t want him to turn back into a bird. There is also the matter of the third bird/man, evil Arrakis the owl who was tormenting the brothers and the whole reason Ellie took such drastic measures. This book is filled with magic, witches, birds of all shapes and sizes and flying. Martin and his brother teach Fortuna and her friend Peter to fly, which deepens Fortuna’s hesitation in turning Martin back to a bird. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I don’t think it is as charming or fantastical as it needed to be. Sure Martin and Fortuna are fun characters, but the book seemed to take itself just a little bit too seriously for the nature of the story. I wish it was more fun and a little less serious.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.
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Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses — or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith’s delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.